and i support them in this,re continuing at home, at least, we've been able to avoid a repetition of the september 11th attack, which i have to tell you, nine years ago today, which would have been the day after september 11th, when i was still mayor, i was being briefed we were going to be attacked numerous times. i can't tell you all the reasons that we haven't been attacked in the way in which everyone predicted, but i think part of it is that big response that ted is talking about is keeping them on defense. i wouldn't pull that away without analyzing it very closely because, in my view, the more you have islamic extremism on defense, the safer we are. the more you give them room to plan, maneuver and work out attacks, the more dangerous we are. >> thpresident said on friday, this is a threat that will be with the united states for a long time, but he said something notable, it doesn't have to dominate our foreign policy. do you agree or disagree with that?